The Rural Resident Research Symposium held at UVA-Wise in April included a presentation on “Finding Research Data Sources for Populations in Rural Virginia.” by Susan Meacham.
The presentation strove to answer the question; Where do I find data on rural populations to answer hypothesis driven research questions? It then addressed the following objectives:
- Identify primary and secondary sources of data
- Recognize the procedures needed to obtain approvals to use personal record information in research
- Locate common sources of county, district and state level data for rural populations
The examples provided in the presentation were based on a study the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is conducting on the chronic health conditions in Central Appalachia. It strives to determine not only what is “going wrong” in coal country, but what is going right.